Mozambican graphite has diverse industrial uses

20 March 2015

A market analysis of graphite samples from Mozambique by Australia’s Triton Minerals has concluded that the graphite concentrate can be used in a diverse range of products, the company said.

Triton’s chief executive, Brad Boyle said in a statement issued Friday that the market analysis carried out by Independent Metallurgical Operations (IMO) showed the applicability of graphite concentrate extracted in Mozambique “in the main sectors of the product’s market.”

According to the initial results of the analysis carried out by IMO, the graphite concentrate can be used in five major sectors, including the manufacture of batteries, specialty products, steel and refractories, lubricants for the automotive and electrical sector and other products.

Additional work is being carried out by IMO to draw up detailed technical specifications of the graphite concentrate, so that Triton Minerals may in future adjust production to customer needs.

In its Balama Norte concession, where the monte Nicanda deposit is located, which may contain 1.457 billion tons of graphite, with an average concentration of 10.7 percent carbon, and 3.93 million tons of vanadium, at an average concentration of 0.27 percent vanadium pentoxide, the Australian mining company also holds the exploration rights to two other areas, Balama Sul and Ancuabe.

Triton Minerals has a majority stake of 80 percent in the three projects in Mozambique – Ancuabe, Balama Norte and Balama Sul – with the remaining 20 percent owned by Grafex Ltd. (macauhub/MZ)